About the Institute of Modern Art

The Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been the leading independent forum in Queensland, Australia, for the production, presentation, and circulation of contemporary art and discourse for forty years. Our innovative and diverse programs embed the international in the local and engage the local internationally.

The IMA has museum-grade, climate-controlled gallery spaces in which we present an ambitious program of exhibitions, concentrating on commissioning new works by Australian and international artists at pivotal points in their practices, as well as connecting underrepresented artists with wider audiences. The IMA has a longstanding commitment to research and a rich history of publishing artist monographs and critical readers. We also have an extensive public program including targeted educational initiatives for young people and adults, and development opportunities for secondary and tertiary teachers and arts professionals. Please explore the IMA’s forty year history and browse our publications.

The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).


Executive Directors

Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh

As Executive Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh oversee all aspects of programming and organisational development. Since joining the IMA in early 2014, they have worked with Studio Miessen on updating the premises and initiated a bookstore partnership with Motto distribution. At the IMA, Burns and Lundh have organised major solo exhibitions with Patrick Staff, Slavs and Tatars, and Hito Steyerl. Prior to the IMA, Burns and Lundh were Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Derry, Northern Ireland, where they produced exhibitions featuring  Goldin+Senneby, Jesse Jones, Raqs Media Collective, Haegue Yang, among others. At CCA, they organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe with Independent Curators International, From 'Official History' to Underrepresented Narratives. They were also part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize as part of Derry’s City of Culture celebrations. Burns and Lundh are regular contributors to art periodicals, such as Art-Agenda, Canadian Art, Kunstkritikk, as well as exhibition catalogues and books.

The IMA's program is set by the Executive Directors and drafted 18-24 months in advance.


Operations Manager

Madeleine King

Madeleine King joined the IMA as Operations Manager in 2015. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and she previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager, and has been active in artist-run-initiatives in Brisbane. She recently completed a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane. King is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: madeleine@ima.org.au

Membership and Development Manager

Ally Bennett

As Membership and Development Manager, Ally Bennett manages the IMA's philanthropic initiatives and sponsorship, specialising in developing event-based fundraising. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Loughborough University, UK, and joined the IMA in 2014 after working for both the Contemporary Art Society and the Tate Modern in London. She has over five years experience in fundraising and events management, specifically with individual philanthropy, acquisition committees, and benefit events. Contact: ally@ima.org.au

Exhibitions Manager

David M Thomas

As Exhibitions Manager, David M Thomas, oversees all aspects of exhibition delivery and assists with public programs. Thomas maintains an art practice and performs in art metal band, Eggvein. Recently awarded a PhD in Visual Arts from Griffith University, Brisbane, he also has a Masters of Arts Administration, UNSW, Sydney, and a Masters in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts. He is a founding partner of creative content studio, Funhauser, with Suzanne Howard. Contact: david@ima.org.au


Public Programs and Publications Officer

Tess Maunder

Tess Maunder joined the IMA in 2015 as Public Programs and Publications Officer. She coordinates the IMA’s public programs and Motto IMA bookstore as well as our front of house, our gallery interns, and volunteers. Maunder has studied at the Queensland University of Technology, The Gwangju Biennale Foundation, and Independent Curators International. In 2014 she received an award from the Queensland Government and Arts Queensland acknowledging her contribution to the Visual Arts sector in Brisbane. Contact: tess@ima.org.au

Communications Officer

Nadia Buick

Nadia Buick is a curator, writer, and editor with a research background in fashion, art history, and cultural studies. As the IMA's temporary Communications Officer, she assists with communications and media. Buick completed her doctorate in curatorial practice at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013. Her exhibition projects include Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood (Museum of Brisbane, 2015). She is Co-Director of The Fashion Archives, and co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). Contact: press@ima.org.au


Jewel Mackenzie

Jewel Mackenzie is the IMA’s Bookkeeper and oversees the institution’s financial operations. Mackenzie, who joined the team in 2006, is a trained bookkeeper and a TAFE-certified fashion designer. She also has a PhD in Visual Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

Frontier Imaginaries Curator

Vivian Ziherl

Vivian Ziherl is Curatorial Fellow at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. With Natasha Ginwala, Ziherl recently developed Landings at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, in collaboration with organisations such as Tropenmuseum and Stedelijk Museum (both Amsterdam). Ziherl was IMA’s Curatorial Fellow 2014/15 through the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, and is curating an exhibition here titled Frontier Imaginaries in 2016.

Associate Editor

Evie Franzidis

Evie Franzidis has been editing IMA publications since 2009. She has a Master’s degree in Art Historical Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master’s Degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from University of Queensland. As a freelance editor and writer, Franzidis works for a number of Queensland and national arts institutions.


Motto IMA Assistant

John Feely

As Bookstore Assistant, John Feely assists with the day-to-day running of the IMA Motto Bookstore and co-ordinating public events. After volunteering with the gallery he became part of the permanent staff in early 2015. Feely is a practicing artist, currently completing his Bachelor of Photography at Griffith University Queensland College of Art. Alongside this, he co-founded and continues to manage the Oral ARI, in Red Hill, Brisbane. 

IMA Advisory Committee

Maria Lind, Director, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne; and Raqs Media Collective, New Delhi.


Current Volunteers

Brigid Hansen, David Don, Christina Baker, Katy Birkett, Prudence McComish, Nicholas Hodge, Katie Porter, Tori Lawson, Laura Burstow, Callum Galletly, Lucy Forsberg, Rachael Archibald, Jessica Rae Dorizac, Emma Caskey, Anna Litwinowicz, Emma Liu, Helen Gramotnev, Amanda Brachio, Callum McGrath, Natasha Matila-Smith, Vanshika Sinh, Whitney Ashton Turner and Kirralee Robinson.



Exhibition Photography

Queensland photographer Richard Stringer documented the IMA’s exhibitions between 1975 and 2015.

Board of Directors


Marie-Louise Theile

Creative Director of James Street Initiative, an urban renewal project. Brisbane-born Marie-Louise Theile has a distinguished media background as a former journalist and Ten Network news presenter. Theile brings expertise in media relations, urban development, capital projects, event management and corporate sponsorship, with roles in The Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Queensland Government projects.

  • Vice President: Rachel Crowley
  • Secretary: Dominique Jones
  • Treasurer: Sarah Campbell
  • Directors: Angela Goddard, John HirschfeldDouglas Quayle, Simon Wright, and Jay Younger.


Upcoming Events

Daniel Boyd, Untitled (V2) (2014), oil, charcoal and archival glue on polyester, 183cm x 183cm. Courtesy of STATION, Melbourne. Photo: Jack Willet.
Double Opening
20 February 2016

The IMA’s 2016 program begins with a major commission by Beirut-born, Rotterdam-based artist Rana Hamadeh, and the first solo exhibition...

IMA Talk, Rana Hamadeh
25 February 2016

Rana Hamadeh is speaking about her practice and recent project, The Sleepwalkers, on Thursday, 25 February, at 6pm. Hamadeh is...